Application deadline 5th May 2019
Job reference 225187
Job location Wakefield
Hours per-week 37
Salary £Grade 10 SCP 32 £34,788 - SCP 35 £37,849. This post is 37 hours per week and permanent.

Committed to helping children and young people? Us too, come and help us build something special in Wakefield.

We are currently advertising for Senior Social Workers (2 plus years post qualifying) within:
• Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
• Locality Teams
• Children in Care
• Children in Care (Proceedings)

Should you have a preference of the team in which you would like to work, please specify this on your application form within the designated area. You may also specify your interest in more than one of the teams.

Thriving children in thriving families need exceptional people to support them. In Wakefield we’ve been working hard to make the changes that will create a strong and sustainable social work service filled with confident, competent practitioners empowered to make a difference.

Our approach is beyond partnership and collaboration, we have real connection with our partners, who are just as committed and energetic about making the necessary changes as we are. There’s a truly shared responsibility for success, and a passion and energy from everyone involved, right from the most senior people in the organisations all the way to frontline practitioners.

Being a Senior Social Worker in Wakefield will include all of the challenges and rewards that rapid improvement brings. In return for you bringing your passion, expertise and drive, we offer:
• Manageable caseloads – we’ve made good progress on bringing down workloads and are aiming for case-loads of 20 (15 for newly-qualified social workers) and no more than 160 children’s cases per team. Smaller teams mean you get – and can give – the best support
• Regular, reflective supervision to support your practice and professional development.
• Additional investment in the social work structure, with new management positions and additional frontline teams being established
• Comprehensive learning and development, including professional development and courses to support your wellbeing – 90 hours per year.
• The chance to live and work in a dynamic city filled with culture and leisure opportunities, with great housing at affordable prices and good transport links

In return we are looking for a Senior Social Worker who can;
• Carry out the role and responsibilities of a key worker for a caseload which will include complex and statutory work
• Help children and young people, families and carers make informed decisions, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to service planning
• Be responsible for analysing information to support the ongoing needs of children, young people and their families and carers
• Maintain and develop effective working relationships with other professionals within the directorate and with partner agencies to ensure integrated, holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the care management and safeguarding of children and young people
• Use high level communication skills including listening, building empathy, consultation and negotiation to ensure positive outcomes for children and young people
• Innovate and problem solve with the ability to identify appropriate social work interventions in order to promote positive change
• Provide written and verbal reports which are concise, informative and based on analysis of complex evidence which can be used within the legal context

Please note: Locality Social Worker, Advanced Practitioner and Team Manager posts now attract a Market Rate Supplement of GBP 1,250 payable in the first 12 months in post, for those that qualify, with additional payments scheduled for years 2 and 3.

Closing Date: Sunday 5th May 2019 at midnight

For an informal discussion, please contact Nigel Porter at who will arrange for the relevant Service Manager to contact you, dependent on your team preference.

The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.

Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare and expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility.

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